Child development and milestones: your 44 month old

Child development and milestones: your 44 month old

Make sure your 44-month-old child is on track for their development! Check out our handy guide to know more about your little tot.

Just like that, your child is now three years and eight months old (44 months old). Now that he’s almost four, your little one might already be in preschool, or maybe you’re thinking of sending him. He also is a ball of energy and has a proper little personality! What should you expect when it comes to your 44 month old child? How can you know if your child’s development is on track?

44 Month Old Development and Milestones

Physical Development

At this age, your child should be able to move around a lot. They’ll enjoy running around, jumping, or even spinning in circles until they get dizzy! But it shouldn’t be anything that you need to worry about. However, it’s still a good idea to keep an eye on your child since at this age, kids love to climb and jump from high places.

Kids this age are also able to climb stairs with ease, ride a tricycle, and kick a ball. Plus, they can also move backward and forward and bend over without falling.

Your child’s motor skills are pretty well-developed at this age, so they are able to stack blocks, as well as catch a ball. Expect a lot of physical activity from your child, and it’s a good way to teach them the benefits of being active early on.

Parenting tips:

  • Be sure to constantly engage your child in physical activity in order to develop their motor skills.
  • Play with them as much as possible, and try to go outside to parks or similar places where kids can run, jump, climb, and explore their surroundings.

When to Talk to Your Doctor:

If you notice that your child isn’t as well coordinated as other children, then you might want to check in with a doctor. But it’s important to remember that kids vary in terms of development, and there are a number of factors that can affect your child’s growth. So if your child isn’t as strong or active as the other kids, don’t be too quick to be worried about it.

It’s always a good idea to consult your doctor first when it comes to these concerns.

Cognitive Development 

One of the highlights of a 44 month old child, in terms of cognitive ability, is asking a lot of questions. At this stage, your child becomes more interested in the world around them. This stage is all about your little one asking questions, so be prepared with good answers!

A 44 month old child should also be able to name colours, understand the idea of same and different, and follow simple commands. It’s also much easier for them to understand stories at this age, and they’re also able to count properly.

They can also sort things by shape and color, and recognize objects based on their pictures alone. Their imagination will also run wild at this stage, and it’s normal to see them pretending that they’re in a fantasy world.

Parenting Tips:

  • A good way to boost your child’s cognitive ability would be to give them age-appropriate puzzles to help stimulate their brains.
  • Ask them questions and let them tell stories to help engage their imagination and creativity.

When to Talk to Your Doctor:

If your child has problems following directions or is unable to identify and sort objects by shape or color, then it’s a good idea to consult a pediatrician. If your child acts withdrawn or doesn’t pay much attention to their surroundings, it’s also a sign that something could potentially be wrong.

Social and Emotional Development

The great thing about having a 44 month old child is that they will start to have fewer tantrums compared to when they were younger. Leaving them at school won’t be so difficult, and they’ll be more independent than before.

They’ll also start to cooperate with their friends and classmates, and know how to take turns. They will also know the concept of “mine” and “his, hers, theirs”.

Kids start to show problem-solving skills at this age, as well as a wide range of emotions, so be prepared to deal with those things beforehand!

Parenting Tips:

  • As usual, it’s a good idea to let your child play with other kids so that they can get used to having other children around them.
  • Encourage them to play, share, take turns, and cooperate with other kids. This helps them become more sociable and outgoing.

When to Talk to Your Doctor:

If your child seems withdrawn, doesn’t like being with other children, or ignores other children, then you might want to check in with your paediatrician.

Speech and Language Development

In terms of speech and language, your child should be able to say around 250 to 500 words.

This means that they’re able to answer simple questions, construct simple sentences and speak clearly. They’ll also start to tell stories at this age, and a 44 month old child can be pretty talkative!

They should also be able to follow simple commands, so you can give them simple tasks or chores to do.

Parenting Tips:

  • Read aloud some stories to get them used to hearing words.
  • At this stage, you can try letting them read books so that they can get familiar with letters and numbers early on.

When to Talk to Your Doctor:

If your child still has trouble speaking clearly, or starts to drool, then your child could have some development problems. It’s always a good idea to visit your doctor every month so that your pediatrician would be able to know if there are any developmental problems early on.

Health and Nutrition 

44 month old development and milestones

Source: pxhere.com

When it comes to health and nutrition, children this age should be able to eat most anything that adults can eat.

Of course, being kids, they’ll have their own preferences, and it can sometimes be a chore to make them eat their veggies!

For kids at this age, having a balanced diet is crucial because this is an important point in their growth and development.

Your child needs roughly 1,200 to 1,500 calories a day depending on their growth and activity level.

Your child needs 3-5 ounces of protein, 1-1 1/2 cups of fruit, 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 cups of vegetables, 4-6 ounces of grains, and 2 1/2 cups of dairy each day.

Their normal weight at this age is about 10.4 to 21.9 kg and their normal height should be about 91.0  to 110.3 cm, though it varies depending on genetics.

It’s also a good idea to consult your physician about vaccines at this stage. Pediatricians usually recommend Hepatitis B, DPT,MMR, Varicella, Pneumococcal conjugate, Hemophilus influenza type b, and/or inactivated poliovirus vaccines for your child. Be sure to stick to your child’s immunization schedule to keep them free from any diseases.

Parenting Tips:

  • As always, a balanced diet is always recommended, and don’t worry about introducing your child to various foods so they get used to the tastes.
  • Don’t worry if your child seems small, since a child’s size depends on genetics as well. What’s important is that your child is healthy, active, and isn’t prone to getting sick.

When to Talk to Your Doctor:

If your child is very small for their age, seems malnourished, or isn’t eating a lot of food, then be sure to visit the doctor to have them checked. There might be some underlying problems that your child might have, and your doctor would best be able to identify any of these problems and help you with your concern.

 

Sources: WebMD, Extension.org

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Your child’s next month: 45 months

Republished with permission from: theAsianParent Singapore

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